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Water Scarcity… The Solution?

submitted by St. Margaret College Boys Secondary Verdala : Shaun Miguel Darmanin  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school media
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Water-scarcity has become a worldwide problem and many countries struggle to find water, including Malta. In Malta, 68% of water comes from groundwater, while the rest comes from seawater-desalination and this is costing four times more than underground water. In this island there are more than 8000 private boreholes and the majority were illegally drilled. It is estimated that about 21,000 liters of water are extracted per minute from these boreholes. In 2011, the government closed all household boreholes and is installing meters on agricultural and commercial boreholes. All this is being done with a grant of €2 million by the EU. Once installed the ministry responsible will monitor water extraction for one year and afterwards water quotas will be established for farmers. Is this the solution? Well, let’s hope it is, because as Benjamin Franklin once said “When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water!”

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Losing our wheels

submitted by St. Margaret College Boys Secondary Verdala : Ryan Vella  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school media
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This wind-pump lost its wheel during the last winter hurricane which hit our island. Situated in a private field along the road from Rabat to Dingli it is still needed today for pumping water using an alternative energy source for agricultural use. After contacting the Rabat Local Council, I was informed that funds were never allotted for the repair of such structures. However, the Ministry for Gozo has made a presentation to 18 people who, during 2009, have carried out restoration works on wind powered water pumps on their land. This work was related to a scheme launched by the same Ministry as an initiative for the eco-Gozo vision in May 2009. The aid granted represents 75% of the costs associated with the purchase of equipment and work connected with the rehabilitation of the machinery and structure. So why have the funds not been extended to our island too?

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Kindly pick those cartridges ‘skrataċ’… to put a stop to the poisoning of the soils and water aquifer at the Park tal-Majjistral!

submitted by St. Margaret College Boys Secondary Verdala : Mangion Dalton, Mentosa Mattia  for 15-18
dissemination(s): Display during parents day. Presentation in front of students of other schools. Info sent to guide who took us around the park., school magazine
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We aim to make the hunters conscious of what they are doing, probably unintentionally. We want them to know that if they leave behind their cartridges ‘skrataċ’ they are contaminating the soils and water aquifer with lead and plastic and we don’t want to let this happen any longer!

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Whatever Will Be, Will Be

submitted by St. Margaret College Boys Secondary Verdala : Jorgè Grech, Michael Mifsud, Nathan Povo, Nigel Mercieca  for 15-18
dissemination(s): other, school magazine, school media, School's FaceBook Page, website
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When I was just a little seed I asked Mother Nature, what will I be? Will I have flowers? Will I bear fruit? Here's what she said to me:   Que Sera, Sera, Whatever will be, will be The future's not good for me Que Sera, Sera The environment’s not doing fine, you see.   When I sprouted, I grew leaves I asked Mother Nature what lies ahead Will I have flowers, year after year? Here's what Mother Nature said:   Que Sera, Sera,…   Now I have seeds of my own They ask their mother, what will I be? Will I be cut? Will I be chopped? I tell them tearfully:   Que Sera, Sera, Whatever will be, will be Unless you do something for me Que Sera, Sera The environment’s not doing fine, as you can see…

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Human Interference to the Environment

submitted by St Thomas More College Girls Sec Sta Lucia : Sharon Mangion  for 15-18
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It was a beautiful afternoon, the few clouds in the sky were a fluffy white and the breeze was refreshingly cool as we made our way to Buskett. One of the greatest problems that the world is facing today is that of environmental pollution, increasing with every passing year and causing irreparable damage to the earth.Upon our arrival we were left speechless with the major human interference to the trees’ habitat which as the years go by they provide the perfect homes for thousands of species of plants and animals. Another trace of human interference is the pollution made by humans, as computer parts and several other wastes were thrown in this habitat.

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